Friday, August 25, 2006
Recently, Stephen Colbert, perhaps the greatest and funniest living cultural critic, directed his energies at one of the most fascinating contemporary cultural phenomenons, wikipedia. Clearly, he sees this phenomenon not as the propitious liberation of knowledge production from managing elites but as yet another fake substitute for political democracy, as much a tool of elites who love the war over truth as a threat to them. Wikipedia, in other words, may function as a rumor bomb, where the crisis for verification, supplanted by belief and desire, continues. Click Click Click!